Gathered from all over the world, they canoe out of the Darien Gap (video)


War correspondent Michael Yon travels on an immigrant journey from South America to the United States, detailing their hardships, travels, and the amazing encounters they encountered along the way. The Epoch Times presents excerpts from his ongoing account.

May 27, 2021

Panama’s Bajo Chiquite-Only survivors reach the dugout canoe. These canoes carry real UN immigrants from the village of Bajo Chiquit to the reception camp, a few hours down Rio Tuquesa.

To reach Bajo Chiquito, they had to walk 60 miles of the Darien Gap for over a week (the gap between where the Pan-American Highway ended in Panama and picked up again on the Colombian turbo).

The story of immigrants passing through Darien is horrifying. For Americans, “Into the WildDarien Gap Is In the wild.

Immigrants are robbed, raped and killed on their hike from Colombia through dense jungles and mountains and across powerful rivers. Children often appeared in the arms of others, and parents (usually only mothers) died in the jungle. The children are now orphans.

Drowning, snake bites, murders, and the disappearance of simple jungles are commonplace. Corpses regularly run down Rio Tuquesa. Migrants are drowned during crossings, camp on the shore, flash floods, and sometimes dozens of people.

A Colombian doctor told us that 10 migrants had drowned in just one day on May 26th. He said it was normal. And I know that’s because I’ve been here for three months.

No one knows the actual number of deaths, but the actual number is that 10% die during the crossing. This figure is based on interviews with people who spend a lot of time collecting bodies, including immigrants, indigenous Embera Indians, healthcare professionals, and Panama’s highly specialized Senna Front (border guard).

Voyage Up River

On May 27, I took Congressman Tom Tiffany (Republican) on a dougout canoe to climb Rio Tuquesa to see for myself a stable stream of immigrants, especially an unprecedented stream of extracontinental immigrants. did. Listen to them directly. Ms. Masako Ganaha, a well-known foreign correspondent in Japan, was sitting in front of me in a canoe when she started making embedded videos.

The river is imminent risk. Even Indians with centuries of experience here have only a few minutes to warn of flash floods. A giant tree emerges. New strainers (submerged objects carrying current, usually fallen trees) are formed without notice. An engine failure is as dangerous as an aircraft engine failure.

And this happens today in canoes full of immigrants with almost devastating consequences.

Twenty canoes departed from their destination, Bajo Chiquito, but were piloted by Envera Indian smugglers.

The canoe at the head of this fleet quickly suffered an engine failure and was caught in a strainer. He capsized and all the crew were thrown away. Three people drowned, but Indians on other boats saved them. No crash was seen. The Envera Indians there later spoke to me in the village of Bajo Chiquit.

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Congressman Tom Tiffany (Michael Yon) in Rio Tuquesa, Panama, June 1, 2021

And here was Congressman Tiffany. It’s less than 24 hours from the United States and now it’s just a few hours by dugout canoe to Rio Tuquesa. Real Indian country. There is no telephone service. No security. No backup.

After many contacts before the trip, Congressman Tiffany was convinced that he knew what we were trying to do. Farm, he grows up on a farm, and farmers quickly study dangerous things.

Those who survive the Darien Gap will stay in Bajo Chiquit for hours or weeks. Approximately 492 villages of Envera Indians are often overwhelmed by immigrants 2 to 1. Many immigrants do not speak the language that the Emberás would speak at all. (Embera all speaks Spanish and Envera speaks English.)

Immigrants defecate everywhere. The entire village is a biohazard. I have been to about 20 villages in Envera, but the only village with the slum smell and atmosphere is Bajo Chiquit.

Most migrants are robbed and lose money by the time they are dragged into Bajo Chiquito. “All women with clean, light-skinned skin were raped,” they say. The majority of immigrants are elderly men who are military personnel.

In Bajo Chiquite, stores with Western Union / MoneyGram signs in the village can replenish immigrants with a 20% commission rate and a Western Union commission.

In fact, Bajo Chiquito has neither a Western Union nor a telephone. Cash flows to immigrants probably include wire transfers from family members to Panama City. When the money arrives in Panama City, the recipient sends a message to Baho Chiquito. Due to the lack of telephone service, Baja Chiquito’s Embella Indians and immigrants climb the nearby “Mobile Phone Hill” to receive calls and messages.

(Almost every remote village in the mobile world seems to know the location of the closest “compunct” where mobile phone services work. This is often on a distant hill. Luckily. In addition, for Bajo Chiquito, the Compunct is right next to the village.)

Bajo Chiquito migrants, who are physically fit to travel and have the $ 40 per person required to travel downstream by canoe, are loaded into the canoe and taken to the village of La Penita.

In 2020, a pandemic blockade of the CCP virus left hundreds of migrants stuck in La Penita. Immigrants, including many property damages, rioted. The Envera Indians reportedly warned Sennafront to expel immigrants before Envera did. Everyone knows that Envera is a great fighter, so Senna Front closed La Penita’s camp and now has two other camps to accommodate immigrants before being boarded on a luxury bus to Costa Rica. I am supervising.

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A map showing the Darien Gap. “BC” indicates the location of the village of Bajo Chiquit. (Michael Yon)

From all over the world

This month alone, a record 10,000 immigrants are likely to pass through Darien. These immigrants, unlike many immigrants from the Northern Triangle to the United States, often come from countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. Currently, the largest percentages claim to be from Cuba and Haitian, but many arrive without paperwork.

These immigrants begin in client states such as Ecuador, Brazil and Suriname, and these three countries do not require visas. They then rally in South America and make a dangerous journey across the Darien Gap.

Meanwhile, two to three million Venezuelans fled the failed state and rushed to Colombia, many leaving north. You can beg, sell lollipops, and see pre-teen girls prostitute on the streets around Colombia.

On the other hand, Colombia itself is on the verge of falling into a civil war. Venezuelans’ floods continue while Colombia sparks and turmoil, but Colombia’s cocaine production has reached record levels.

South America sits on the potential for a volcanic collapse of the whole of many countries, especially Venezuela and Colombia.

This article is by Michael Yon blog..

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A sign on the front of a hotel in Colombia. (Michael Yon)

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